Cooper Leads Men’s Indoor with Heptathlon Win At Crowell Open

Photo: Sean Cooper


WEST POINT, N.Y. - Senior Sean Cooper served as one of the Carlton Crowell Open's highlights Saturday at West Point, as he placed first in the heptathlon with 4,720 points. Cooper, along with sophomore Alexander Bowen and junior Alfonso Scannapieco paced the University at Albany men's indoor track and field team in their first meet of the 2013 season.

Cooper's winning heptathlon performance included a first-place finish in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.84, while placing second in the high jump with a 6' 2" leap. 

Junior Nick Mattera also contended in the seven-event competition, placing third overall with a total of 4,355 points. Mattera took first in pole vault with a 14' 5.75" mark. He also came in second in the 1,000m run, recording a time of 2:52.76.

Bowen, a native of Beacon, N.Y., captured the high jump victory with an IC4A-qualifying bound of 6' 10.75". Also topping the IC4A standard in the first meet of the season was Scannapieco, recording a pole vault mark of 15' 9".

Other highlights of the meet included Jonathan Santana's third-place finish in the 500m with a 1:05.97 time. Teammate Charles Karam finished narrowly behind with a fifth-place mark of 1:05.99.

In the first intercollegiate meet of his career, freshmen Rudje Beckford earned sixth-place with an 8.59 time in the 60m hurdles, followed by senior Shane Wagner's 8.60 mark.

Freshman Mark Thomas tied for sixth in the weight throw with a 51' 6.25" toss, leading the Great Danes. Simon Cleary placed ninth in the event with a 46' 6.75" throw.

UAlbany continues the 2013 season next weekend at the Nittany Lion Challenge at Penn State.